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Oregon
2:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Purchasing Guidelines Designed To Make Oregon Agencies Greener

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New guidelines in Oregon are designed to direct state agencies to purchase fewer toxic products. Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan approved the new guidelines Wednesday. Some examples are; using owls to control rats instead of poison, or buying less toxic cleaning products. The changes were prompted by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2012 as part of an effort to increase the number of people and plant friendly products state agencies use. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Mathew Shelby says what makes Oregon unique is its size.

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Science & Technology
8:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

OSU Develops Wristband That Detects Pollutants

OSU developed silicone wristbands that can detect an individual's exposure to environmental toxins.
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Everyday people are exposed to chemicals and pollutants. Researchers at Oregon State University in Corvallis have developed a silicone wristband that can detect these compounds. The new accessory can help scientists understand the link between exposure to toxins and disease. The wristband looks similar to the ubiquitous colorful rubber wristbands that often promote causes or charities, such as breast cancer. Kim Anderson is a professor in the OSU Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.

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Consumer Safety
4:10 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Oregon Group Releases Survey Of Potentially Dangerous Toys

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Shopping for toys for the holidays can make us feel like kids again. But an Oregon group wants consumers to be aware of potentially hazardous playthings.

The "Trouble in Toyland" report is an annual survey of dangerous or toxic toys released by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Maya Kumar is from Oregon's chapter:

Kumar: "Our report highlighted four main things parents should watch out for: toxics in toys, choking hazards, magnetic toys and finally, excessively noisy toys."

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